Daily Archives: December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010: The Food

Hope everyone’s Christmas was merry! Even if you’re not into the Christmas thing, hope your Saturday was at least stellar ;)

We’re missing a sister this year so it didn’t feel quite the same. But she’ll be here for New Years to party. Which in my opinion is way more important ;) Muhaha.

My mom and I were up early Christmas morning worrying about things we still had to prep for dinner. We got started right away while the others slept.

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Mom assembled her layered salad. Something my sisters and I request every year and is one of our favourites!

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A layer of iceberg, sweet peppers, celery, red onions, carrots, peas, mayo dressing, cheese and bacon. Peas may sound strange in a salad but it is SO DANG GOOD.

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Meanwhile, I was assembling The Wife Saver. Aka “savory bread pudding.” Called the wife saver because it can be made the night before and just thrown in the oven on Christmas morning.

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Much like this savoury bread pudding I made last month, but with the addition of spinach and green onion.

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Recipes for some of these dishes to come in a future post!

Mom also assembled a meat pie to add to our brunch line-up.

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Mom’s meat pies are a mix of chicken, pork and beef slow cooked in spices and put into a pie crust.

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My whole family makes meat pies every year for Christmas. As a kid, I always loaded them up with ketchup. But this year, I’m obsessed with the fancy relishes I keep finding in my mom’s fridge and pantry.

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We patiently waited for the step siblings to arrive to finish unwrapping presents. It was tough! ;)

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I asked for mostly camera stuff this year – including a Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens. I am in love with it already. I can’t stop snapping photos. I’ll do a post on the lens soon too!

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Other gifts included a Snuggie for my Nana, and a cute specialty apron for myself.

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Mom and I did quite a bit of food prep in advance so we wouldn’t have to spend all Christmas day in the kitchen. But we still had a couple hours where all four burners were going.

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And in this household, the booze is always flowing.

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I was DD so I stuck to a club soda with frozen raspberries. Deeelish!

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We added a new dish to our rotation this year and it was a total hit! Scalloped tomatoes. A mix of tomatoes, croutons, basil and cheese. Super simple and waaaay delicious. The flavours fit in well with the rest of the dishes.

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I insisted we have some roasted veggies on top of all the mashed ones. Sometimes I feel like I’m eating baby food on Christmas :P

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My plate!

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A bit of the tomatoes…

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Roast veggies…

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Mix of white & dark meat (later loaded with cranberry sauce) & stuffing…

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Lots and lots of layered salad.

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The annual Christmas table shot!

Last, but certainly not least, dessert!!

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I am so proud of this – a pumpkin roll! I thought for sure my family was going to end up with scrambled cake. Rolling up a sheet cake was a stressful affair. But it held up!

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And boyohboy, it was goooood. Very spicy with lots of cream cheese. Paired with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

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And a cup of decaf with a splash of eggnog (new addiction alert).

In all, a fabulous day filled with fabulous food and even better company. Best of all, is knowing I’m still here for another week!

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Fret not, recipes for some of these dishes to come! For now I’m hunkering down for the 30-40cm (12-15 inches) of snow we’re supposed to get tomorrow. Finally – the snow I’ve been wishing for!!

 

Question of the Day: What’s are the best things you ate over the holidays? Mine include pumpkin roll, scalloped tomatoes, meat pie and chocolate trifle. Ohmy!

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